The Everybody Counts campaign is essentially a point-in-time census of the homeless population in Spokane. This census is conducted every year during the last ten days in January and is designed to give every federally-funded community a snapshot of homelessness where they live. This is a critical element in our effort to end homelessness, as the data gathered from this census shows us so much more than how many people are homeless in Spokane – we also learn more about who is homeless, why they are homeless, and what barriers they are facing, as well as key data points that can impact new programs. With the data from previous years, we can see trends, target areas, and gather information about whether or not our programs are effective. The data from this count also helps us secure funding for future services from state and federal sources.
The Everybody Counts campaign has a positive impact on service delivery and results. When we learn about populations that are disproportionately impacted by homelessness – for example, chronically homeless individuals, unaccompanied youth, and homeless veterans – we are able to focus our programs to be responsive to those needs. In fact, the City of Spokane and its partners throughout the region did just that. Throughout 2017, efforts and interventions were focused and tailored for these three populations. As a result, in the 2018 Count, we saw a decrease in homelessness among all three of these groups.
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